Built between 1880 and 1890, this fort was the last brick-built fort in Belgium. It marked the end of the era of brick fortification building in the country, which lasted for eight centuries. As part of the fortification belt around the – in those days – military capital of Belgium, Antwerp, the fort was also the most expensive one built until 1890 and the only one with a dry ditch. As the years passed, the fort was turned into a factory where warfare gasses were produced. Later on it became a military training ground. In the late 1990s, the fort lost its military purpose and was transformed into a nature reserve. Nowadays it is almost completely flooded and houses a wide array of fauna and flora.
Finaspan-Marien, a company with roots going back to 1890 when founding father Louis Marien started the saw-milling timber industry, is still a very active producer of MDF boards nowadays. The company became well known for having built 40000 green houses in the Hoeilaart region and having produced up to 15000 wooden grape boxes each day in its hay days. This factory however was abandoned in 2002, around the time when the company specialized in MDF fabrication, rather than veneered plywood, block board or chipboard.
The permit for the pits around FT was already granted around 1770. Around 1890, when the company became the official ‘Société Anonyme du Charbonnage de FT’, several pits were exploited. In 1920, a big accident occurred in one of the pits, causing 12 deaths. The mine already stopped producing in the mid-1930’s.
Built around 1890, this chateau was once the residency of a judge. After the castle burned half down, it became abandoned.